Fall brings with it crisp air and fresh breezes, so you and your family should make the most of this beautiful season. Grab your kids and some scarves and get out there. Here are some great family-friendly ways to enjoy the season.
Take a hike. It doesn't matter if you live in the forest or in an urban jungle, if there are deciduous trees — those that lose their leaves, but not before they change color — get outdoors and check them out. It's called leaf-peeping and it means checking out the splendor of fall colors on every leaf. In the city, take a walk around town, pointing out the trees and colors along the way. In the woods, pack a picnic and make a day of hanging out in nature, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of fall.
Visit an orchard. Fall is prime season for apple-picking, pumpkin farms and corn mazes. Visit one to stock up on your favorite fall fruits and veggies and learn a little bit about the different varieties that grow in your area. Better still, you'll get a chance to stock up on fresh food that you can enjoy all week long.
Grab the rake. You know what's even better for your lawn than riding over your leaves with a lawn mower to mulch them? Raking them into a big pile and letting your kids "mulch" them with every jump. Come on, nothing says fall like jumping in a leaf pile. And after you're done, you can spread the leaves back out to let them do that good stuff — like weed control and moisture retention — for your grass.
Start digging. Think you missed gardening season? Think again. In many areas, you can plant greens, peas, and broccoli well into the fall for harvest right into December. Wouldn't some fresh greens taste great on your holiday table? Grab your kids and some shovels and go dig in the dirt. You'll enjoy the fresh air and the family fun of starting a garden now, and reap the benefits of fresh veggies for weeks to come. Here are some tips for what you can grown in your fall vegetable garden.
Bake up the season. There is nothing more delicious than coming indoors to the aromatic delights of fresh baked pumpkin muffins or still-warm apple crisp. Except for maybe eating those goodies while warming up from an afternoon of outdoor play. Get cozy with your kids in the kitchen and whip up a batch of autumn treats that can bake while you head outside to "mulch" the lawn.